Three Ways Chambers of Commerce Help Businesses Thrive

Friday, March 04, 2022

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Working together, the California Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Irvine Chamber are a solid force as advocates supporting business-friendly policies and helping California businesses comply with complex laws and regulations. Other local chambers of commerce throughout the state are likewise committed.

While independent from the California Chamber, the Greater Irvine Chamber is able to tap into its partnership with CalChamber to provide a regional platform for the thoughts and priorities of businesses to be heard and considered. With 80%–90% of local chamber members having fewer than 20 employees, local chambers are a major voice for business communities throughout California.

Three of the top ways the Greater Irvine Chamber supports businesses:

  • The Greater Irvine Chamber is a catalyst for business growth, providing resources, training opportunities, and expert guidance on a broad range of issues to help businesses do their jobs.
  • The Greater Irvine Chamber is a champion for a thriving community. The Chamber connects with elected officials, education institutions, and other local leaders to find ways that businesses can address and solve issues to help Irvine remain the nation's top master-planned community where people can prosper, live, work, and raise families.
  • The Greater Irvine Chamber is a convener of leaders and influencers, not only connecting business leaders with each other but also presenting business owners in a positive light to the community and ensuring that business concerns are heard by policymakers. The Greater Irvine Chamber plays a leading role as a community problem solver and serves as the voice of business on public policy, and is the only organization in Irvine that consequentially convenes business, community, education, and nonprofit leaders to build consensus toward achieving common goals and ensuring continued economic success. Annually, with more than 400 events — from networking and lead-generating to signature events —  the Greater Irvine Chamber offers business leaders opportunities to connect in ways that best serve their goals.

During the 2020–2022 pandemic, chambers of commerce solidified their position as a trusted resource, providing accurate and timely information on COVID-19 data, assistance, and government guidelines, protocols, and labor laws. Thanks to the persistent advocacy efforts of CalChamber and local chambers including the Greater Irvine Chamber, California elected representatives and government officials who amended laws and regulations to ease burdens on businesses and expanded COVID-19 relief programs to help businesses weather the pandemic.

According to CalChamber, today in California there are more chambers of commerce than there are cities. While each chamber is unique and may prioritize some activities over others, all chambers work toward economic development, prosperity, and employer community. The Greater Irvine Chamber is committed to its mission to advance the economic vitality of greater Irvine.

For information on becoming a member of the Greater Irvine Chamber, contact Dinh Ta.


Category: Chamber of Commerce, Greater Irvine Chamber, California Chamber of Commerce